born 1953 in Solingen, is a talented man. While still training at the Folkwang School in Essen, Pina Bausch recruited him for her 1975 Sacre du Printemps at the Tanztheater Wuppertal. From 1978 he became a permanent member of the ensemble and soon emerged as one of its most outstanding dancers and performers. Having received a grant for a visit to New York in 1981-82, spent mainly as a dancer with the José Limón Company, he returned to the city to be assistant director of the company from 1984-87. At the same time he retained his links to the Tanztheater Wuppertal, taking up full time work there again after his second period in New York. Alongside this he performed in productions by Bob Wilson at the Hamburg State Opera (Cosmopolitan Greetings, 1987) and the La Scala, Milan (Dr. Faustus, 1989). In 1991 he accepted a professorship at the Folkwang University, becoming head of dance studies and (with Pina Bausch till her death in 2009) of the Folkwang Tanzstudio. In 2009 he created a solo performance for himself, Lutz Förster - Portrait of a Dancer, a retrospective of his artistic career and thirty-four-years of collaboration with Pina Bausch, whose work he continues to perform to this day. Lutz Förster is an internationally acclaimed guest teacher for contemporary dance and became artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal in April 2013.